WA stu­dents vie for ju­nior judg­ing ti­tles

Countryman - - WOOL - Bob Gar­nant

Higher learn­ing was on the agenda at Dow­erin GWN7 Ma­chin­ery Field Days’ in­au­gu­ral Ju­nior Merino Judg­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

With the win­ners for both un­der-18s and over-18s classes gain­ing au­to­matic en­try into the State cham­pi­onships at the 2017 IGA Perth Royal Show, 36 stu­dents from five agri­cul­tural col­leges gave their full at­ten­tion.

Co-or­di­na­tor Leanne Grant Wil­liams said it was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to mix with Merino stud breed­ers and oth­ers from within the in­dus­try.

“Next year, we hope to have both Merino and meat sheep judg­ing,” she said.

Win­ning the un­der-18s com­pe­ti­tion, Daniel Ryan Schilling, of WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, Nar­ro­gin, said he had learnt a lot from his par­ents, who ran a mixed-farm­ing op­er­a­tion at Bev­er­ley.

“With Meri­nos, it is im­por­tant to se­lect good ge­net­ics for fleece den­sity, crimp for­ma­tion, wool colour and body frame,” he said. “To­day, I learned that ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent opin­ion.”

In sec­ond place, Emma Bent­ley said she would like to run her fam­ily’s Hed­ing­ham White Suf­folk stud in the fu­ture.

In the over-18s com­pe­ti­tion, Muresk stu­dent Ali­son Lokan was top of her class. She had also been com­plet­ing a re­search as­sign­ment at the field days to pick the best ASBV rams that would give im­proved lamb prog­eny weights for the live ex­port mar­ket.

Picture: Bob Gar­nant

At the in­au­gu­ral Ju­nior Merino Judg­ing Com­pe­ti­tion were master of cer­e­monies Graeme Curry, WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, Nar­ro­gin stu­dents Emma Bent­ley (sec­ond place), and Daniel Ryan Schilling (first place), and judge Les Suther­land, of Ar­radale stud, Peren­jori.

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